[visionlist] Postdoc position in Amsterdam in the cognitive neuroscience of visual working memory, attention, & decision making

Ede, F.L. van (Freek) freek.van.ede at vu.nl
Tue Apr 5 06:19:30 -04 2022

Postdoc position in Amsterdam in the cognitive neuroscience of visual working memory, attention, & decision making

General Description
A 3-year postdoc position is available at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Proactive Brain Lab (www.proactivebrainlab.com<http://www.proactivebrainlab.com>) headed by Dr. Freek van Ede. The position is part of the ERC Starting Grant MEMTICIPATION: “Preparing memories for action: how visual working memories are sculpted by their anticipated use”. The post-doc project aims to investigate the links between visual working memory, attention, decision-making, and behaviour.

The Research Project
The MEMTICIPATION project aims to study the anticipatory dynamics that facilitate the translation of working-memory contents into purposeful behaviour. It starts from the perspective that (visual) working memory does not serve to ‘represent the past’ but to ‘prepare for the future’. Adopting this future-focused perspective on working memory opens many interesting research questions that tie in nicely with our broader lab mission.

In the Proactive Brain Lab, we adopt the perspective of the brain as a fundamentally dynamic, anticipating, and action-oriented organ in which core cognitive functions of working memory, attention, and decision-making take centre stage. We take an integrative focus, aiming to bring together research on visual working memory and attention with that on planning, decision making, timing, and action. We use multiple methodologies, with a current focus on EEG, eye-tracking (microsaccades), and virtual reality.

Depending on experience, the post-doc may uniquely contribute to and drive, for example, our ambition to integrate dynamic decision-making perspectives with our ongoing research on visual working memory and attention, and/or to study visual attention and working memory operations while engaging in ongoing behaviour.

-A PhD degree in cognitive neuroscience (or related field, such as cognitive/experimental psychology or human neuroscience)
-A background in the study of visual working memory, attention, decision making, and/or related topic
-Experience with M/EEG, eye-tracking, psychophysics, VR, and/or related approaches
-Excellent programming and data-analysis skills
-Experience in designing and interpreting cognitive-neuroscience experiments
-Demonstrated ability to engage in effective scientific writing (publications)
-Demonstrated ability to think and work outside-the-box (creativity)
-Excellent command of English
-Be able to start before September 2022

What are we offering?
A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,836 (scale 10) and a maximum €5,211 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE, for three yea.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
-a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
-8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
-solid pension scheme (ABP)
-a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge
-discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance)

Application deadline 28 May 2022. Full position details and application button at:

I also plan to attend VSS and am happy to further discuss the position with interested candidates. Email me at freek.van.ede at vu.nl<mailto:freek.van.ede at vu.nl>.

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